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The Shiva lingam here is one of the 64 Suyambu lingams. The Lord’s consort is Goddess Soundarya Nayaki and she is also known as Sivayoganayaki. The Goddess Ambal is not wearing a crown but is seen to be having Jadamudi (long braided hair). The temple’s tank is Veda theertham. This temple is believed to be over 2000 years old. This temple was actually submerged in the sands on the banks of Kollidam river. It was accidentally discovered by a shepherd. There was a single sugarcane tree at the spot where the temple was unearthed. Hence he is also known as Karumbeswarar; Karumbu meaning sugarcane in Tamil. This temple was originally built by the Pandyas and was later renovated several times by the Cholas. This temple faces east and the sun rays fall on the lingam on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th of April. These days are special days at this temple when Lord Surya is believed to come here and worship the Lord. The inner sanctum has the presiding deity in the form of Shiva Linga named as Karumbeswarar. There is a separate shrine facing the south direction dedicated to the Mother Goddess Soundara Nayaki. The sub-shrines of Ganesha and Skanda-Valli-Devasena, Nalvar, Chandikeshwarar, Nagas, Surya, Ayyanar and Chandra are found in the prakara.
Those facing delays in marriage, health problems, seeking child boon and for marital unity pray to Lord and Mother Goddess in the temple. Devotees perform pujas to Lord Semmeni Nathar with Vilwa leaves. Those facing delay in marriage worship the Salagrama made Mother with red flower garlands and light ghee lamps for early results. Those seeking child boon, perform abishek to Lord and Mother with Erukku flower garlands (this is a wild bush flower mostly grown on road sides). They also offer nivedhana of sweet items.